Republican Study Committee Names Executive Director

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 18: Republican Study Committee Chairman U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) (2nd L) introduces the RSC's 'American Health Care Reform Act' during a press conference with other members of the committee as U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) (L), RSC Health Care Working Group Chairman Dr. Phil Roe (R-TN) (2nd R) and U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) looks on at the U.S. Capitol September 18, 2013 in Washington, DC. The Republican bill is intended to replace the Obama administration's Affordable Care Act, passed in 2010. 
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Mike Magner
Feb. 5, 2014, 4:45 p.m.

The House Re­pub­lic­an Study Com­mit­tee of­fi­cially ended one of the most un­pleas­ant chapters in its 41-year his­tory Wed­nes­day with the ap­point­ment of in­ter­im Ex­ec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or Will Dun­ham to the post on a per­man­ent basis.

Dun­ham, pre­vi­ously a seni­or policy ad­viser at the RSC, took over the top staff po­s­i­tion in Decem­ber after RSC Chair­man Steve Scal­ise fired Ex­ec­ut­ive Dir­ect­or Paul Tell­er. The con­ser­vat­ive caucus’s top staffer for 13 years, Tell­er was ac­cused of shar­ing mem­bers’ in­tern­al dis­cus­sions with out­side ad­vocacy groups. Tell­er was hired last month as deputy chief of staff to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

Dun­ham has been work­ing for con­ser­vat­ives since gradu­at­ing from Hill­s­dale Col­lege in Michigan. He served as an in­tern and later a staff writer at the Her­it­age Found­a­tion be­fore be­com­ing an aide to Rep. Tom Mc­Clin­tock, R-Cal­if., and then mov­ing to the RSC as a policy wonk.

“Will’s proven track re­cord and his com­mit­ment to the con­ser­vat­ive cause are tre­mend­ous as­sets to the more than 170 mem­bers of the Re­pub­lic­an Study Com­mit­tee,” said Scal­ise, R-La. “Will’s strong con­ser­vat­ive back­ground com­bined with his skill­ful un­der­stand­ing of the le­gis­lat­ive pro­cess will serve the RSC well as we fight to pass con­ser­vat­ive prin­ciples in­to law.”

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